As the impacts of climate change and environmental damage intensify through continuous use of fossil fuels and nuclear power, the world is shifting to natural energy with Renewable Hydrogen to maximize it’ s potential. Here, are a few of the many innovative projects in action around the world that we have directly contacted and interviewed.
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100% on-site powered university research center from solar power and water (Australia)
The Sir Samuel Griffith Center is to be built at Nathan Campus of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia (completion 2013). It is the world’s first solar hydrogen education research center designed to be off-grid and energy independent. Powered by solar cells on the roof and windows, the building is designed to supply 100% of its electricity demand on site. Solar power is used as generated and for water electrolysis to make hydrogen.
Small community distributed case of hydrogen from hydro power (Canada)
Bella Coola, Canada with a population of about 2000 people uses run of river hydro-electric generator from the local electricity company, BC Hydro, in Bella Coola. During off peak hours excess renewable electricity is used to generate hydrogen through electrolysis. During peak hours the renewable hydrogen is fed into a fuel cell generator to create electricity for the community.
Hydrogen from wastewater for electricity and fuel (U.S.A)
The Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment facility in California produces biogas that includes hydrogen for 24 hours everyday. It is said to be the world’s first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen station (electricity, hydrogen, and fuel for cars). The hydrogen generates electricity which is used directly at the wastewater treatment facility. The surplus hydrogen is sent to a hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell cars.
Mobility powered by the sun and water: Solar hydrogen station (Japan)
A solar hydrogen station opened on the grounds of the Saitama prefectural office in Japan on March 2012. Hydrogen is made from water electrolysis using electricity generated from solar panels installed on-site. The renewable hydrogen fills up Honda’s FCX Clarity. This is the first renewable hydrogen project from Honda who has been conducting 10 years of research and development in the fuel cell and hydrogen field at California.